\ ˈī(-ə)l How to pronounce aisle (audio) \

Definition of aisle

1a(1) : a passage (as in a theater or railroad passenger car) separating sections of seats
(2) : such a passage regarded as separating opposing parties in a legislature supported by members on both sides of the aisle
b : a passage (as in a store or warehouse) for inside traffic
2 : the side of a church nave separated by piers from the nave proper
walk down the aisle or less commonly go down the aisle
: to get married Prenuptial agreements have long been used by couples who want to set down the terms of any future divorce before they walk down the aisle.— Desa Philadelpha

Examples of aisle in a Sentence

The bride walked down the aisle to the altar. By the end of the concert, the people in the theater were dancing in the aisles.

Recent Examples on the Web

The royal family's official Instagram account celebrated with a slideshow, which started with a photo of Andrew walking his daughter, Princess Eugenie, down the aisle this past fall. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie, Sarah Ferguson, and More Royal Family Members Wish Prince Andrew a Happy Birthday," 19 Feb. 2019 First up, the women are tasked with pushing a 100-pound wedding cake down the aisle. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelor Season 23, Episode 3 Recap: Elyse for Bachelorette?," 21 Jan. 2019 The second is enough snacks to fill an aisle at Costco. Andrea Lavinthal,, "7 Tips for Traveling with a Toddler," 4 July 2018 Wood chips: These bags exist in a wide range of wood selection and can be found in any department store with an aisle dedicated to grilling products for about $3. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Add a little more flavor to your grill with fragrant ingredients," 2 July 2018 The 28-year-old loves to perform -- sometimes in an aisle where a cute grocery store employee is shelving panko bread crumbs -- but the whole supermarket is her oyster to dance out her feelings. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Tessa Violet Presents a Dizzy Dance Performance in a Grocery Store for 'Crush' Video: Premiere," 15 June 2018 An ability to reach across an aisle and encourage some real dialogue. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: Microsoft President Brad Smith at Code 2018," 30 May 2018 After walking down the aisle, temporarily taking on baby bangs, and reviving a '90s-inspired trend, Gigi Hadid embraced another a new identity: rock star. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wore an ’80s-Inspired Beauty Routine for the December “W” Cover," 4 Dec. 2018 In the days before Princess Eugenie walked down the aisle to marry her longtime partner Jack Brooksbank, it was announced that the event's hashtag would be #royalwedding2. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "How Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's Wedding Compares to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of aisle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for aisle

Middle English ile, alteration of ele, from Anglo-French, literally, wing, from Latin ala; akin to Old English eaxl shoulder, Latin axis axletree — more at axis

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The first known use of aisle was in the 15th century

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\ ˈīl How to pronounce aisle (audio) \

Kids Definition of aisle

1 : a passage between sections of seats (as in a church or theater)
2 : a passage between shelves (as in a supermarket)

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